“It’s my teammate so I can’t really say much unless I see a replay. I asked the spotter after the race, and he said we got run over,” Wallace said. “I was saving fuel there, and Chris just ran over me, and he ends up winning. It should be an interesting Monday morning.
“We just got run over. It sucks that it was my teammate.”
Wallace started on the pole for the Buckle Up 200 presented by Click It or Ticket and was leading with less than 10 to go when Buescher came along. The Roush Fenway Racing teammates were both trying to save fuel to make it to the end after inheriting the top two spots when the leaders pitted.
It didn’t take long for Buescher to swallow Wallace up and begin pressuring him. Entering Turn 3, Buescher drove to the inside of Wallace, but couldn’t make it stick and washed up the track into the No. 6, cutting down the left front tire.
As a result, Wallace was left limping around the 1-mile concrete oval trying to get to pit road. He was credited with a 17th place finish after leading 52 laps.
“I didn’t think I was holding him tight and the next thing you know we’re almost in the fence,” Wallace said. “The crappy part about it is we had a really strong Ford EcoBoost Mustang, and we couldn’t get off pit road to save us and we got caught in dirty air and then we were in fuel saving mode.
“I thought we were doing okay until that little incident. I would say I’m happy Roush won, but I’m not.”
Team owner Jack Roush said during Buescher’s winner’s press conference he didn’t see the contact but would talk to all involved to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future. It’s a situation Roush said, that no team owner wants to be in.
“There at the end of the race we were both on similar strategies and trying to save as much fuel as possible and we were keeping a little quicker pace, and when everyone is lifting halfway down the straightaway it’s hard to start a pass, let alone finish it,” Buescher said. “I felt like were in position to make the pass a couple times and with traffic and some lap cars and everything where it was we got the door closed on us pretty hard on a couple of occasions.
“That looked like our opportunity and we had a good run up off the corner and figured we could run hard for a lap or two and not have to worry about fuel but I just got underneath him there and we’re real late into a tire run and a fuel run and just got a little free on the bottom and didn’t have much air on the right side. We’ll talk about it. We’re heading to the plane, heading to the same place right so we’ll get it all straightened out.”
Buescher continues to lead the point standings with Wallace sitting fifth as the series moves to Michigan International Speedway in two weeks. The Roush Fenway Racing rookie is also still looking for his first XFINITY Series win of the season.
“I have been racing with Chris a lot, so I don’t know,” Wallace said on how they go forward. “I might phone into the Monday morning meeting. We’ll see.”
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